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Ramadaan Issue 1432

Labour of Love

Below is an extract from the book which is an analogy given by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) :

A beautiful analogy comes to mind: That this development of Taqwa or piety, this journey to gaining "nisbat" (a connection) or establishing "ta'alluq" (a relationship) with Allah Ta'ala, is very similar to that of pregnancy.

Just as in the case of those women who are expecting, each and every Saalik (Seeker of Allah Ta'ala) has a somewhat different experience; although the course of development is the same.

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If we have to take, step by step, the development, course and progress of a pregnancy, then we know that when a woman conceives, then as is characteristic of a pregnancy, her menstrual cycle stops. This is generally the first change witnessed and the first sign indicating to pregnancy. Similarly, when a Saalik sincerely repents, firmly intending not to return to sins, then his taubah (repentance) is comparable to the first sign of pregnancy.

Just as the menstrual cycle stops for the woman who has conceived, the first change in the life of the one seeking Allah Ta'ala, is that sins stop when the seed of Taqwa (piety), the seed of Allah Ta'ala's Muhabbat (Love), is planted in the heart of the Saalik.

Sins are impurity in the spiritual heart, like how the blood of menstruation is impurity in the body. The seed of Taqwa is planted in the heart in different ways: By reading and understanding the Qur`aan Sharief and the noble teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), or by attending the programmes of the pious learned, or by reading some authentic Islamic literature, or by participating in some work of Deen, or through one's experience of Haj or Umrah, or Ziyarah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), or some happening of significance in one's life.

This seed is instrumental in the growth, development and nurturing of the soul. This ruh (soul) is what I will refer to as the "BABY OF TAQWA" in my discussion....


The True Wealth of Madinah Munawwarah

My respected Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum), has mentioned, in his poetry, that our value is dependent on our Nisbat with Madina Munawwarah.

When anything is purchased and brought from Madina Munawwarah, then a lover of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) will naturally appreciate and value it – no matter how small or how cheap. Why ?

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…Because it has a connection with the city of the Beloved (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It has been touched by the air of Madina Sharief, or it has been produced from the blessed land of Madina Sharief - and this is what has made it special.

The residents of Madina Sharief are the neighbours of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and they are the envy of the heavens, because they have such extreme physical closeness to Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They are the envy of all of us as well – for we too desire the honour of being in such proximity to Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) at all times.

Allah Ta'ala, in His infinite Mercy and Grace, does not want to deprive anyone of us of this blessing of being close to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), so He has given us a simple recourse to always being near to our Beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This nearness is attained via our nisbat (connection) with the "A'maal" of Madina Munawwarah – i.e. the Sunnah (way of life) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Our value, in the sight of Allah Ta'ala, is dependent on our relationship with His beloved Rasul (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

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“The weakness of all those who are drowning in the ocean of illicit love is that they have given their hearts to bodies which are going to turn to dust. Instead of giving their hearts to the Creator of hearts, they have given their hearts to faces; the beauty of which will inevitably be lost with the passage of time or with illness.

Many are the lovers who run off like mules when age snatches away the beauty of the faces of their beloved ones? Those who give their hearts to Allah Ta'ala enjoy unending happiness, because Allah Ta'ala's beauty neither decreases nor perishes.”

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